Rail of Salt
In Iowa, United States
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This is a small cache located in downtown area. Easily accessible - a quick park and grab.
Please respect the property and the cache is not in the flowers.
This cache is being planted to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the William Salter’s death. Also to remember those who traveled the Underground Railroad did it without the help of our GPSr. We hope that those who hunt this today and in the future can enjoy and celebrate some of the rich heritage SE Iowa has to offer.
William Salter (1821-1910) was an American Congregational minister, public orator, social activist and historian.
Graduating from Andover in 1843, Salter and his companions — the so-called "Iowa Band" — went west to Iowa when it was only a territory to organize congregations, build churches and battle sin in all its infinite varieties. They were the single most distinguished Protestant group of their time, and Salter, through the years, emerged superior to them all, according to biographer Philip Jordan.
Salter began his ministry in Jackson County, preaching in the Maquoketa area. In 1846 he became the second pastor of First Congregational Church in Burlington, Iowa, and remained senior minister of this congregation for more than 60 years until his death in 1910.
According to Jordan, "Salter played a dominant role in transforming the slovenly community, where filth filled the alleys, pigs wallowed in streets and cows grazed on the public square, into a prosperous and cultivated 20th-century Burlington." He was instrumental in establishing a public library and getting a library building built. He served as president of the school board. He was a trustee of the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa), which awarded him an honorary doctorate.
Prior to the Civil War, Salter not only allied himself with anti-slavery societies, but also operated an Underground Railroad station to aid slaves fleeing to freedom. Runaways found sanctuary at his South Hill home and in a hidden room beneath his church. During the war, Salter visited Union troops as far south as Atlanta.
Social Gospel theologian George Herron served briefly with Salter as associate minister in 1892 and 1893, before taking a position as professor of Applied Christianity at Grinnell College.
A Burlington grade school was named after him, and the Congregational student center at the University of Iowa bears his name. Grinnell College, heir to the academic institution founded by the Iowa Band, reveres the memory of Salter. His portrait hangs in the Des Moines County Heritage Center, and a portion of his library is housed at the Burlington Public Library with a number of his published works.
Last Updated: on 1/31/2016 3:44:09 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:44 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum